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An Interview with Duck Game Developer Landon Podbielski

I stand behind a couch playing Duck Game for 15 minutes before I realize I am playing the game with its sole developer. That's how unassuming Vancouver-based Landon Podbielski looks as he lounges on one of the two couches in the OUYA booth at IndieCade 2014 on a hot and sunny Friday afternoon. He has long hair, a beard, inquisitive brown eyes, and well-worn sneakers. When I finally realize who Podbielski is, I ask him for a quick interview. In the same unassuming manner, he agrees.

An Interview with Alex Rushdy and Dave Proctor from Runbow Developer 13AM Games

Alex Rushdy and Dave Proctor from 13AM Games stand around the kiosk for the 9-player party game Runbow for the Wii U and shout at people to join the next round. This is the first time 13AM Games has exhibited at IndieCade. Alex is the game's Creative Director and Designer and Dave Proctor is the Producer. Both are enthusiastic and eager to share their pick-up-and-play 2D running game with the gathering crowd. It's a game that's easy to fall in love with.

An Interview with Ned Green from Too DX

Sportsball for the Wii U is a game that combines the 2D aerial battles of classic Joust with the frenetic action of a schoolyard soccer game - if you ever played schoolyard soccer with dozens of balls at once.

Sportsball is the second game from Too DX, a small indie shop based in Seattle, WA. While enjoying the many games in Nintendo's booth at IndieCade 2014, I had a quick chat with Too DX Business Developer Ned Green about his company and game.

An Interview with John Warner from Over the Moon Games

The Fall

While scoping out the Nintendo booth at IndieCade 2014 in Culver City, California, I had the chance to talk with The Fall's lead creative designer John Warner. During our short discussion, Warner describes The Fall, recalls the history of Over the Moon Games, and muses on the challenges of crowdfunding and discoverability as an indie trying to make it in the games industry today.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 118: Destiny

Thew crew meets their Destiny. *checks off mandatory joke marker* Now that Bungie's 500 million dollar monster is out, what did we think of it? Turns out we have a podcast to express that very thing! With Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike "The Lootman" Bracken, and special guest Gene Park.

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Destiny's Greatest Failing is Mistaking Busy Work for Fun

There are a multitude of reasons behind why I really dislike Bungie's new Massively Multiplayer Online shooter Destiny (and there are another multitude of reasons for why I'm still playing after nearly 100 hours of game time - I'll let my psychiatrist figure those out), but I'm not going to rehash all of those here. You can listen to our Destiny podcast to hear me bitch about the shitty loot drop system, the endless futility of cave farming, and the overall half-assed design of the game as a whole. Instead, I'd rather talk about something I didn't really touch on during my various social media meltdowns over the game - a problem that is not solely endemic to Destiny, but really stands out amongst its flaws: The fact that the game - and Bungie - have mistaken busy work for fun.

Preview: Assault Android Cactus

Australian indie developer Witch Beam has only made one game so far, but boy, does it set the bar high. Assault Android Cactus is a manic twin-stick shooter in the style of Robotron 2084 and Smash TV. In early access alpha, the game is not yet complete: only three of its five bosses are available at the time of this writing. Nevertheless, what's on offer is not only polished, but has solid, addictive gameplay under the hood.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 117: In defense of the Vita

Recorded at the end of August 2014. Sinan Kubba is back in the hot seat, joined by Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway and returning superstar Tim "Shuhei" Spaeth to chat about the games from the first half of the year. Also, Brad presents a case for the defense of the Vita

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